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    Two stupid firsts in the same day

    Ever since I was a teenager, I've worn gloves specifically to keep from grinding crap into the palms of my hands. In practice, I fall very rarely and keep my hands on the bars when I do.

    Today, I chose not to wear gloves which is weird because I always insist on them. So of course, I fell and ground crap into my hands.

    Add to that a fall because I couldn't clip out (in frogs -- the easiest system on the planet) and this was a banner day.

    To add insult to injury, my front shift cable broke right away which made the hilly section loads of fun. It's definitely been one of those days.

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    Sounds like it been one of those weeks...
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    It's good you got those ugly incidents out of the way. You will be good to go for a number of years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Sounds like it been one of those weeks...
    On the plus side, I didn't ruin a nice pair of gloves. My hands will heal but the gloves won't

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Ever since I was a teenager, I've worn gloves specifically to keep from grinding crap into the palms of my hands. In practice, I fall very rarely and keep my hands on the bars when I do.

    Today, I chose not to wear gloves which is weird because I always insist on them. So of course, I fell and ground crap into my hands.

    Add to that a fall because I couldn't clip out (in frogs -- the easiest system on the planet) and this was a banner day.

    To add insult to injury, my front shift cable broke right away which made the hilly section loads of fun. It's definitely been one of those days.
    You keep holding on to the bars when u fall, contrary to all instinct?


    Last time I fell I put my hand out to break my fall. Wrist hurt badly for months, couldnt even bend my wrist to do a pushup for forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swo0p View Post
    You keep holding on to the bars when u fall, contrary to all instinct?
    Absolutely. Keep feet in pedals, hands on bars and try to roll when you hit. Chances of injury go down drastically especially if you're moving at speed. I have no idea why I took a hand off the bars today though at least primary impact was to hip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swo0p View Post
    You keep holding on to the bars when u fall, contrary to all instinct?


    Last time I fell I put my hand out to break my fall. Wrist hurt badly for months, couldnt even bend my wrist to do a pushup for forever
    Don't let go of the bars and tuck and roll. You don't want to land on anything directly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    On the plus side, I didn't ruin a nice pair of gloves. My hands will heal but the gloves won't
    Why does this remind about the story of the yuppie that has his left arm torn off in an accident. As he sees his arm disappearing he screams "My Rolex!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Absolutely. Keep feet in pedals, hands on bars and try to roll when you hit. Chances of injury go down drastically especially if you're moving at speed. I have no idea why I took a hand off the bars today though at least primary impact was to hip.
    Ok but what do you guys mean roll?

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    Back before helmets, the logic of the day was to wear gloves so you would use your hands to protect your head. Times change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    On the plus side, I didn't ruin a nice pair of gloves. My hands will heal but the gloves won't
    I know what you mean.

    This is why I never wear a helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swo0p View Post
    Ok but what do you guys mean roll?
    Try to land on a thigh or a hip and roll onto your shoulder. If you're going over the top, try to flip enough to do a somersault. The general idea is to have strong body parts hit first but dissipate as much energy as possible sliding and rolling rather than on impact that can shatter your bones.

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    Good advice. Also, it's important to let the ground break your fall.
    The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.

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    A banner day for banerjerk?

    Glad it's nothing serious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    Good advice. Also, it's important to let the ground break your fall.
    Not necessarily. Air and water are both softer than ground.

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    Now that you have all of that out of your system, you should be able to go a good long while without any further incidents. Glad it was nothing serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Not necessarily. Air and water are both softer than ground.
    Depend on speed.
    By the time you're experienced enough to get something germane out of a test ride, you won't need a test ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Try to land on a thigh or a hip and roll onto your shoulder. If you're going over the top, try to flip enough to do a somersault. The general idea is to have strong body parts hit first but dissipate as much energy as possible sliding and rolling rather than on impact that can shatter your bones.
    I am reminded of my crash back in 1996 when I skidded on gravel, could not unclip in time due to sticky cleats and crashed over on my left side. Breaking my hip in the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    To add insult to injury, my front shift cable broke right away which made the hilly section loads of fun. It's definitely been one of those days.
    Surely a broken front shifter cable would only mean at worst a bit of spinning out on the downhills?

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    I have gone over the bars in a race. Too many bodies and bikes sliding in front of me and I was braking and trying to find a way through but was already getting pushed from the rear (all this happened in 1 second). My front wheel touched a guy on the ground and over I went at over 26mph. I hung on for dear life and landed on the top of my head and right shoulder and rolled it. At some point, I became unclipped, but never let go of my bike. I did fracture a collarbone and my elbow was driven into my side and cracked a few ribs but I had almost zero road rash and most importantly, no facial, hand, wrist, head or neck injuries. I was able to remount and race for another 40 minutes but could never catch the group. Like banerjerk, I never let go!
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    welcome to the falling section..just fell twice on saturday luckily i had my gloves and no injuries.

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    Baner, buy a lottery ticket. Your luck is bound to change. Hope all ends well in this regard and with the with the "other thing."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
    Surely a broken front shifter cable would only mean at worst a bit of spinning out on the downhills?
    I meant rear. For some reason I typed front -- probably because I was thinking about what did work.

    Just signed a lease for a new place. No furniture, tv, stereo, art, car, anything useful aside from clothing etc. But I do have my bikes and I'm riding much more. Things are looking up.

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    I know it's not a bike crash, but it demonstrates the proper way to roll with a fall ... So in the video he lands and keeps feet together which impact first, then side of legs, butt, and on up the back side while keeping arms in and the body relaxed. Of course in a bike crash it is more difficult to keep legs together, but remember to keep your arms in, and let the point of contact roll across your body from bottom to top. Do this and you'll have the least chance of injury (or at least minimize injury) of course YMMV

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    Or you could do like this guy, and intentionally crash into things a lot for practice:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzE-IMaegzQ

    But seriously, I've been watching my son at his aikido class, and I think I will start practicing some of the forward rolls/falls they do.
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